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Our staff includes a Executive Director, Office Manager, Program Director, part-time Assistant Program Director, and over a dozen part-time Program Staff who lead HFC classes and activities. All have extensive experience working with teens and adults with disabilities, and most carry advanced degrees in special education, occupational therapy and other related fields.

Highland Friendship Club is continually looking for qualified and bright people to join our experienced staff. Open positions will be posted to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Job Board. If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to:


Dan Reed

Executive Director

Dan is the full time Executive Director at Highland Friendship Club. He provides support and oversight of all aspects of HFC from fundraising to event planning and more. Dan comes to HFC from Partnership Resources, Inc. with over 25 years experience in the disability community!

Beth Engelking

Program Staff

Beth is a certified Music Therapist with Musical Mayhem Group. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing her Master's degree at St. Mary of the Woods College.
HFC Programs that Beth leads: Open Mic

Collin Hopkins

Program Staff

Collin comes to HFC as a student of Hamline University who leads the Disability Services organization on campus and has a long history of advocating for people with disabilities.
HFC Programs that Collin Works: Glee Club, Art of Voice and Choice

Eric Nelson

Program Staff

Eric is a theatrical and sports aficionado with experience working with people with disabilities at InterAct. You can find him on TV at Childrens Hospital as "The Dude" as well!
HFC Programs that Eric Works: Boys Night Out, The Art of Voice and Choice

Heather Moss

Program Staff

Heather is a former corporate leader whose passion and love for people with disabilities has taken her to a new career path: HFC! We couldnt be happier to have her on board!
HFC Programs that Heather Works: Book Club, Musical Exploration, Mindful Movement

Holly Kampa

Program Staff

Holly is the sister of HFC member Stephanie, and is a senior in high school. She looks forward to learning more about HFC and the work we do from behind the scenes!
HFC Programs Holly leads: Saturday Night Fever, Move and Groove

Jenifer Josephson

Program Staff

Jenifer is a Special Education Teacher at Washburn High School. She has a Master of Arts degree in Education as well as an Autism Teaching License.
HFC Programs that Jen leads: Open Mic

Katessa Archer

Program Staff

Katessa attends college at the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing a degree in Applied Economics. She also works as a Real Estate Advisory Intern at Cushman & Wakefield.
HFC Programs that Katessa leads: Friday Fun, Birthday Bash, Cooking, Walking Club

James Sample

Program Staff

James is a longtime member of HFC! Through training at St. Paul Public Schools, he has become a pro in the kitchen... We couldnt be happier to have him on board to help with HFC Cooking!!
HFC Programs that James works: Cooking

Mason Ellingboe

Program Staff

Mason comes to HFC with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a history of working with people with disabilities in the public school setting.
HFC Programs that Mason Leads: Community Club daytime programs

Nicole Knutson

Program Staff

Nicole is the first person in the HFC community to serve as a member, volunteer AND staff person! She is truly a dynamic and creative person.
HFC Programs that Nicole Staffs: Birthday Bash, Bowling, Friday Fun

Paula Keys

Program Staff

Paula is an Occupational Therapist at St. Paul Public Schools. She has background in working with children with a variety of disabilities for over 35 years in topics such as sensory processing and motor development.
HFC Programs that Paula leads: Bowling, Adventure Days

Taylor Skorik

Program Staff

Taylor is a familiar face to HFC having served as the President of the Special Olympics Club at the University of St. Thomas. She is a recent graduate of the college who looks forward to continuing her work with HFC members!
HFC Programs that Taylor Works: Girls Night Out, Walking Club

Colby Yost

Program Manager

Colby joins us as a recent graduate of the University of Mankato. His background includes volunteering for Special Olympics, recreation therapy, social rec, adaptive sports and community events. He will be responsible for day to day program operations, working directly with staff and members.


HFC Member

"I love Highland Friendship Club. I have been a member for 13 years, and I have friends at HFC. I get to do lots of fun things like Glee Club, Move and Groove, Open Mic, Swimming, and Girl's Night Out. Staff is very patient and tries to help me participate. Highland Friendship Club is awesome!"